THE PETROLEUM QUALITY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA​

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THE PETROLEUM QUALITY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA​

The independent resource for information and insights on the quality and integrity of lubricants in the marketplace

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Mission Statement

PQIA’s mission is to serve the consumer of lubricants by testing and reporting on the quality and integrity of lubricants in the marketplace. 

It is expected that this improved visibility of quality will lead to wider conformance by lubricant manufacturers to specification and performance claims.

Featured Story

Read the Labels on Motor Oil Before You Buy

Know how to read the labels and what to look for on both the front and back labels of the motor oil you buy, or you may be using product that can cause unsatisfactory performance or damage to your engine. The following are some key items to look for on motor oil labels and to consider before buying. Responsible Party Whereas there are several important oil related words, numbers and symbols to look for when reading a motor oil label, the first is the party responsible for the product. The Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA) and the Uniform Packaging and Labeling Regulations requires each package of consumer commodities bear a label on which there is the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor. The label must include address, city, state and zip code. The street address may be omitted if it is listed in a

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Recent News

Tractor Hydraulic Fluid – NCWM Approves Amendments to HB130

Tractor Hydraulic Fluid – NCWM Approves Amendments to HB130 The 104th Annual National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) was held last week to take public testimony and vote on amendments to NIST Handbook 130. Tractor Hydraulic Fluid was among them and PQIA is pleased to report that all commenters were in support of the

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PQIA Issues Consumer Alerts of Five Products Recently Tested

Chicago and Ohio – Buyer Beware The PQIA recently visited two areas (Chicago and Ohio) where it has previously found motor oils and transmissions fluids on store shelves that can cause harm to vehicles. To our disappointment, despite efforts to raise awareness about such products and encourage states weights and measures to address the issue,

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Spotlight on API SN PLUS Motor Oils

After just over a year since API began licensing motor oil against the SN PLUS Service Category, PQIA is observing its dominant presence in the market. Below are four more API SN PLUS motor oil brands recently examined by the PQIA and the tests conducted on the samples meet the SAE J300 specifications for the

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SN PLUS Motor Oils – Calcium Down, Magnesium Up

The SN PLUS Service Category was introduced as a supplement to API SN specification in 2018 to mitigate low speed pre-ignition (LSPI) events in Turbocharged Gasoline Direct Injection (TGDI) engines. Such LSPI events can cause engine knocking, decreased efficiency, and in the worst case, catastrophic failure due to cracked pistons. As seen by the differences

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UPDATE: Petromerica Motor Oils are API Licensed

The president of US Global Petroleum (USGP), Dean Mohammad contacted PQIA today to advise that its Petromerica brand of motor oils are currently API licensed. Whereas the brand did not appear on the API list of licensed products at the time PQIA reported on the labeling issue, they in fact now are, along with a

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LABELING – RESPONSIBLE PARTY

The Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA) and the Uniform Packaging and Labeling Regulations requires each package of consumer commodities bear a label on which there is the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor. The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s uniform standards for packaging and labeling, contained in NIST

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PASSENGER CAR MOTOR OIL

PETROLEUM QUALITY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA SAMPLE SUMMARY/PASSENGER CAR MOTOR OIL Passenger car motor oil is the lifeblood of your engine. In addition to lubricating moving

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AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID

PETROLEUM QUALITY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA SAMPLE SUMMARY/AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID Automatic Transmission Fluids are carefully balanced to lubricate and protect your transmission while providing smooth and

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ANTIFREEZE & COOLANT

PETROLEUM QUALITY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA SAMPLE SUMMARY FOR ANTIFREEZE & COOLANT Antifreeze/coolant is critical for protecting engines. The primary function of the fluid is keep

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